Jimmy Kimmel Live! and the twerking video seen round the world

Well played, Jimmy Kimmel. Well played indeed.

For the last week, a video of a woman accidentally setting herself on fire in a twerking attempt gone awry has gone viral. In the aftermath of Miley Cyrus’ VMA performance, apparently people had twerking on the brain, as I saw the video posted and re-posted on various websites and Facebook pages. In the video, a woman is leaning against a door to twerk upside down, when someone opens the door causing her to crash through a coffee table. Her yoga pants catch on fire from the candles that were on said coffee table and the video abruptly cuts off as she is screaming and her friend is freaking out.

 

It was indeed hilarious and was almost too perfect. What were the chances that all those things would conspire together in that way to create what was called “the most epic twerking fail of all time?”

The answer is that they wouldn’t. The whole thing was fake. That wasn’t just any young woman, but a stunt person who was trained to take such a fall without hurting herself. The mastermind behind the video was revealed last night to be none other than late night host and all-around funny guy Jimmy Kimmel.

 

Now I was suspicious of the video from the get go and my antenna was up when I heard that the woman in the video was appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live! It seemed like an odd booking when it was announced, but I didn’t put all the pieces together until I saw the segment. The way that everyone fell for it, hook line and sinker, including multiple new outlets, was nothing short of inspired. I’ve seen a lot of pranks in my day, but this one may very well have to take the cake. It really was genius.

Jimmy Kimmel – I think you have just earned a season pass on my DVR. I was already a fan after you let Matt Damon take over your show, but this solidifies it. I’m not abandoning my man Fallon; for a few months longer you won’t be in direct time slot competition, so I don’t have to feel guilty. But I appreciate a well-crafted joke and it really doesn’t get much better than this. You trolled the entire Internet and won. For that, I have to tip my cap.

Your move, Fallon.

Jimmy Kimmel Live! airs weeknights at 11:30 pm on ABC.

Matt Damon Live

I had a less than stellar day at work yesterday and it is so cold in these parts that hell may have actually frozen over, so I called it an early night last night and went to bed early. Thursday wasn’t going to get much better for me and the sooner I went to sleep, the sooner it was over. However, before I turned in for the night I made sure to set my DVR for Jimmy Kimmel Live!.

Now, loyal readers know that my late night loyalties lie with another Jimmy, but I do like Kimmel and I’ve been meaning to check out his show now that he’s moved to the earlier time slot and is going head to head with Letterman and my arch nemesis, Jay Leno (and, indirectly Conan, though they only overlap for 25 minutes).  In the perfect world where I get paid to watch television I would probably be a regular viewer, but since I am forced to have a day job until this blog takes off (assuming it takes off) I have to make some tough choices as to what gets my limited time and Jimmy Kimmel is one of those casualties. The few times I’ve seen his show I have been very tickled by it, but a girl has to sleep.

Even though I don’t tune in often I’ve enjoyed Kimmel’s long running “feud” with Matt Damon. Kimmel typically closes his show by apologizing to the actor for bumping him from the show, when of course the actor was never booked on the program. Damon did make an appearance on the show once, but it was the last few seconds of the show when Kimmel announced that they were out of time and Damon barely got to utter a word. The bit continued over the credits, with Matt Damon “freaking out” over being cut:

 

The long standing beef culminated in one of the funniest videos that I’ve ever seen; when Sarah Silverman (Kimmel’s then girlfriend) was a guest on the program, she confessed to Jimmy that she had something to tell him (video contains swear words that are bleeped out):

I have probably watched that video a hundred times and it cracks me up every single time.

Not to be outdone, Jimmy had his own confession to make a few weeks later (also contains bleeped out swear words):

 

Through all these shenanigans, Matt Damon has never been an official guest on Jimmy’s show. That all changed last night when he made his first “authorized” appearance. This seemed like such a momentous occasion that I thought this was a good opportunity to finally check out the earlier version of Jimmy Kimmel Live!. Based on everything that has transpired between the two of them, I was sure that show would be a lot of fun and something spectacular would happen. Though I haven’t seen the entire show yet, the opening did not disappoint:

 

Matt winds up hosting the entire show and I really can’t wait to get home tonight and watch the rest of the program (assuming I don’t wind up watch during my lunch hour). I didn’t think it was possible for me to like Matt Damon anymore than I already do, but his participation in all this silliness continues to elevate him in my esteem. He really just seems like the best guy ever. I’d be more than happy to be a stepmother to his kids 🙂

This also served to remind me that I really should be paying more attention to Jimmy Kimmel Live! I don’t know that I’ll have enough time to keep up with it every night, but I really should be occasionally DVRing the show or watching it on Hulu. If this episode is a representation of what the show is capable of, I’ve really been missing out. There may be room for another Jimmy in my late night palate.

If you missed the show, the full episode is available on Hulu or ABC.com for the next ten days. I’ve also embedded the episode below. Jimmy Kimmel Live! airs Monday-Friday at 11:35.

*****UPDATE******* ABC will re-air this episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Tuesday January 29th at 10 pm (ET).